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ABSTRACTOpinion: Obama's assault on religious freedom - Reince Priebus - POLITICO.com Skip to navigation Skip to content Skip to sidebar POLITICO Mobile POLITICO Jobs RSS Expand Search by Author Any Reporter Abrahamson, Zachary Allen, Jonathan Allen, Mike Berman, Dan Birnbaum, Gregg Boak, Josh Boliek, Brooks Bravender, Robin Bresnahan, John Budoff Brown, Carrie Buford, Talia Burns, Alexander Byers, Dylan Catanese, David Coller, Andie Dixon, Darius DoBias, Matt Dovere, Edward-Isaac Epstein, Jennifer Epstein, Reid J. Everett, Burgess Feder, J. Lester Frerking, Beth Gavin, Patrick Gerstein, Josh Gibson, Ginger Glass, Andrew Goode, Darren Gordon, Craig Grieve, Tim GuillĂ©n, Alex Haberkorn, Jennifer Haberman, Maggie Hagey, Keach Harris, John F. Hart, Kim Heitz, Dianna Hillman, G. Robert Hohmann, James Isenstadt, Alex Kady II, Martin Kamen, Jess Kenen, Joanne Kim, Seung Min King, Bob Krigman, Eliza Lee, MJ Levinthal, Dave Lovley, Erika Mahtesian, Charles Mak, Tim Mann, Aleesa Mark, David Martin, Jonathan Martinez, Jennifer Martinson, Erica McCalmont, Lucy McDevitt, Caitlin McGann, Laura Millman, Jason Murgai, Puja Nather, David Nichols, Bill Nocera, Kate Norman, Brett Palmer, Anna Petersen, Olivia Phillip, Abby Pulte, Lauren Quinn, Michelle Raju, Manu Rauf, David Saleh Reis, Patrick Rogers, David Romano, Lois Romm, Tony Rosche, Jedd Samuelsohn, Darren Schultheis, Emily Sherman, Jake Simon, Roger Slack, Donovan Smith, Ben Smolkin, Rachel Snider, Adam Summers, Juana Tau, Byron Thrush, Glenn Trowbridge, Alexander Van Dongen, Rachel VandeHei, Jim Vogel, Kenneth P. Wasserman, Elizabeth Weinger, Mackenzie White, Ben Williams, Joseph Wolfe, Kathryn A. Wong, Scott Wright, Austin Zapler, Mike Date Search POLITICO 2012 Live 2012 Live Home Latest Polls Candidate Tracker Today's Calendar Election Results GOP Delegate Tracker 44 Congress Blogs Burns & Haberman Dylan Byers David Catanese CLICK On Congress Josh Gerstein Joe Scarborough Arena Opinion Policy Money Health Care Energy and Environment Defense Technology Transportation and Infrastructure Video Headlines Bookshelf POLITICO Pro Navigate: POLITICO Opinion Obama's assault on religious freedom Opinion Contributor Obama's assault on religious freedom 165 Email Print The author asks, what will be sacrificed next at the altar of Big Government? | AP Photo Close By REINCE PRIEBUS | 2/8/12 2:39 PM EST The Obama administration shows a remarkable disdain for the Constitution. From the unconstitutional individual mandate to unconstitutional political appointments, no clause seems sacred to President Barack Obama. Sadly, that now includes even the freedom of religion — the first right enshrined in the Bill of Rights. We now know the finer details of the Department of Health and Human Services decree that would force religious institutions to violate long-held beliefs on the sanctity of life. The administration’s actions are unconscionable and offensive to people of faith — most notably the Roman Catholic Church, which will feel the greatest effect. Continue Reading Text Size - + reset More troubling still is the big picture. If the federal bureaucracy can so easily cast aside the First Amendment in pursuit of a specific health policy, what else can it ignore at a whim? What will be sacrificed next at the altar of Big Government? Even Obama allies and liberal stalwarts recognize this problem. The Washington Post’s liberal columnist E.J. Dionne argued that Obama “threw his progressive Catholic allies under the bus.” The liberal archbishop emeritus of Los Angeles, Cardinal Roger Mahony, called the decision a “direct and frontal attack on freedom of conscience.” Editorial boards across the country have denounced the action. The chorus of condemnation from liberals, moderates and conservatives cuts to the heart of the matter: What’s at issue here is something much larger than a specific health policy. It’s religious liberty — whether the federal government can meddle in the affairs of the church. Obama noted, during his pre-Super Bowl NBC interview, “It turns out that our Founders designed a system that makes it more difficult to bring about change that I would like sometimes.” The president’s contempt for the constitutional restraints on power was evident before. His disdain for respecting those limits, including freedom of religion, is now on full display. 1 2 » 165 Email Print Back to top Read more about: Barack Obama , Religion , Opinion , Department Of Health And Human Services Get reporter alerts Reince Priebus Email More on POLITICO Is Mitt Romney the new Bob Dole? Romney calls in the cash cavalry Boehner's bad week 'Game Change' premieres in D.C. Readers' Comments (165) Show the first 20 comments redbug Party: Independent Reply #1 Feb. 8, 2012 - 2:51 PM EST Another tirade from the right? When will the conservatives' war against womens' health ever end? This is NOT about reli.......